Best Barbecue Orange County 2008 - Blake's Place
Gene Hobel and his wife, Sandy, named their barbecue joint after their son, Blake, who was born around the same time the place started doing business. In the 13 years since, the boy has grown up, but the food they produce stayed the same: served on Styrofoam plates and priced so reasonably low ($10-$18) you'll wonder how lesser barbecue chains can charge so much more. Order the baby backs, and they'll be lubed in a spicy-sweet lip-smacking sauce with crusty bits of char. The meat will strip off the bone as easily as a Post-It Note. You won't find a better use for napkins.